Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES)
Aberdeen’s second hydrogen refuelling station opened February 2017 along with the launch of a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuelled Toyota Mirai cars.
The £2.6million station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational mid-March. Funded by Aberdeen City Council, ERDF, Transport Scotland and Nestrans, it was built and will be maintained and operated by Hydrogenics.
Located in Cove, ACHES has four electric recharging points and has the potential to produce 130kg of hydrogen per day. With fast refuelling, hydrogen is dispensed at 350 bar and 700 bar pressure.
There are also training facilities on site, allowing the opportunities within the hydrogen supply chain to be investigated. Working alongside local businesses, Aberdeen City Council will explore new hydrogen related products and services.
The 10 Toyota Mirai cars will be leased for three years with five going to the National Health Service (NHS), three to the Co-wheels car club, one to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and one to Aberdeen City Council. The project is part funded by the UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Transport Scotland.
ACHES will help contribute to the Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action plan 2015-2025 as the fleet continues to expand. Ten buses and a variety of vans and cars are in place including hybrid diesel/hydrogen vans, electric vans with hydrogen range extenders and hydrogen Hyundai ix35 cars. More vehicles are expected to be added to the fleet in the near future.